Banjo Gathering CfP

THE BANJO GATHERING 1998-2018 The 20th Anniversary Banjo Gathering Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol, Virginia Thursday, November 1 - Sunday, November 4, 2018 We are delighted to announce that the 20th Anniversary Banjo Gathering will take place at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia, on November 1 to 4, 2018. Since 1998, … Continue reading Banjo Gathering CfP

Long term project outputs page published USM

I have moved all the basic information from the Understanding Scotland Musically AHRC Early Career Fellowship Pages, over to this site now, it is available: Understanding Scotland Musically AHRC Research Project page This includes the output summary and the basic findings from the research survey which are now available for the long term on this … Continue reading Long term project outputs page published USM

New Book out now!

Finally after a long process, my new book with Gary West is out! https://www.routledge.com/Understanding-Scotland-Musically-Folk-Tradition-and-Policy/McKerrell-West/p/book/9781138205222 The book came initially out of the 2014 conference we ran here at Newcastle University--Understanding Scotland Musically, supported by the AHRC. The final book has 19 chapters with some great contributions: 1 Understanding Scotland Musically Simon McKerrell & Gary West   … Continue reading New Book out now!

Keynote this week at Football Conference, Limerick

I'm travelling over to Limerick today to be part of an exciting conference on the sociologies of football and music: The Football Collective Conference Limerick 23-24 November 2017 I'll be speaking about the power of metaphor in football music and conflict. Football is rich in metaphor and rich in social belonging and division. My particular … Continue reading Keynote this week at Football Conference, Limerick

Upcoming Talk this Wednesday Glasgow Uni practice as research

Memory, Music and Movement An AHRC-North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) Networking Project Wednesday 15 November, 5.15pm University of Glasgow (14 University Gardens, Glasgow G12 8QH, Room 2) ‘Prolegomena to Practice-Based Research in Traditional Music’, Simon McKerrell   Wednesday 6 December 2017, 4.00pm Newcastle University, the International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU) … Continue reading Upcoming Talk this Wednesday Glasgow Uni practice as research

Upcoming Talk Glasgow for NAFCo

I'm giving a paper soon please do consider coming along if you're interested, University of Glasgow, 15th November 2017: Prolegomena to Practice-Based Research in Traditional Music 15 November 2017, 17:15 - 19:00 Memory, Music and Movement An AHRC-North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) Networking Project The Elphinstone Institute of the University of Aberdeen in partnership with … Continue reading Upcoming Talk Glasgow for NAFCo

Fantastic new John Renbourn Composition Archive at Newcastle University

We are delighted to announce that the family of the late John Renbourn have gifted his entire compositional archive to Newcastle University's Special Collections. Photo: Dr Mick Wright of Newcastle University John Renbourn was one of the founding members of the British folk band, Pentangle, a group which had a huge influence on the burgeoning … Continue reading Fantastic new John Renbourn Composition Archive at Newcastle University

Threshold concepts in the semiotics and sociology of music

[Picture credit: Endrick Water taken by Johnny Watt source: Flickr.] The point of this page is to set out just a few of the key threshold concepts in the sociology and anthropology of music with the aim of trying to better explain what and why we do. A threshold concept is that which could not … Continue reading Threshold concepts in the semiotics and sociology of music